Posts tagged as "johannes-brahms"

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Serenades Nos. 1 & 2; Haydn Variations

May 12, 2016

There have been many recordings of the Brahms symphonies but few have the passion, vitality and drive of István Kertész’s Vienna Philharmonic cycle. This 4CD collection brings together all of Kertész’s Brahms recordings for Decca. The two Serenades were recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. His Wiener Philharmoniker Brahms cycle began in May 1964 with […]

Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Overtures

May 10, 2016

The name of Pierre Monteux evokes recollections of the man who conducted the Ballets Russes for Serge Diaghilev and the notorious scandal surrounding the first performance of Stravinsky’s ‘Le sacre du printemps’ in Paris in 1913 as well as for scrupulous attention to style that he brought to bear on French masterpieces of the turn […]

Homage to Fritz Kreisler

April 29, 2016

The first CD release of a recording that was a legend in its lifetime. Campoli was, besides his many concert-platform accomplishments, a salon violinist of the first rank and naturally this easy ability to switch between the two domains gave him the edge over many other violinists of his day in this charming repertoire. When […]

Ave Maria – Sacred Songs

April 29, 2016

A delectable – and ever popular – collection of sacred songs sung by four of the most famous female singers of our time. Includes the Bach/Gounod ‘Ave Maria’ and the Schubert ‘Ave Maria’, favourite soprano arias from Bach’s sacred works and inspiring movements from the sacred works of Bruckner, Stradella and Dvorak.

Brahms: Hungarian Dances

April 29, 2016

Kurt Masur’s invigorating and warm-hearted accounts of the Brahms Hungarian Dances are welcomed back to the catalogue.

Brahms: Symphony No. 1; Haydn Variations

April 29, 2016

The glorious performances on this CD have never before been available on CD (outside Japan). Taking full advantage of the Gewandhaus’ characteristic aural glow, these readings will soon work themselves to the top of the list of the complete Brahms symphony cycles. ‘Symphony No. 1’ receives a monumental performance with some delicious violin and oboe […]

Violin Sonatas

April 29, 2016

This must surely be a unique event in recording history! In 1959, Arthur Grumiaux went into the studios to overdub – as both violinist and pianist – the Mozart and Brahms Violin Sonatas on this recording. A bold venture of its kind in instrumental classical music and on two such different instruments, the recording has […]

Brahms: Handel Variations; Schumann: Études symphoniques

April 29, 2016

Julius Katchen that colossus that bestrode the pianistic firmament for all too short a time, recorded the Brahms Handel and Paganini Variations three times, twice in mono and once in stereo. Surprisingly, these much-praised 1958 recordings have never before been issued on CD and are now being made available singly, on Eloquence.  All of Katchen’s […]

The Panpipes of Zamfir

April 28, 2016

Being born in Romania and surrounded from childhood by folk melodies and fiery popular dance music certainly helps in forming an inspired musician, provided the talent is there. In the case of the exceptionally gifted Gheorghe Zamfir, who was born to a family of vine-growers in 1941 in Gaiesti near Bucharest, these fortunate circumstances led […]

Brahms: Serenades Nos. 1 & 2

April 28, 2016

Perhaps no recording of the two gorgeous Serenades has been suffused with such warmth and glow as Masur’s little-known recordings with the Gewandhausorchester. The First has never been issued on CD and, it appears, the Second has not even had an LP release! This release now makes available through Australian Eloquence, all of Kurt Masur’s […]

Brahms: Paganini Variations; Schumann: Études symphoniques

April 28, 2016

One of Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s early Decca recitals, these are some of the most engaging and thrilling readings of a program of essentially concert etudes. To the Schumann, Thibaudet places the five posthumous variations as an appendix and his reading of the Brahms Paganini is one of the most scintillating of all.